Friday, February 7, 2014

CNN Pulls List of Ugliest Monuments With Soviet Hero Statue

CNN withdrew an article from its website Friday featuring a list of the world’s ugliest monuments, following outrage over the inclusion of a World War II monument to the defenders of a Soviet military fortress. “CNN apologizes for the unintended offense caused by an article from a contributor that was intended to be a humorous look at monumental architecture worldwide,” the agency said in a statement. “We recognize that the Courage Monument carries deep and significant symbolism in honoring the soldiers who gave their lives defending their nation.” The monument, depicting an enormous Soviet soldier emerging from a mountain of stone, was built in Belarus to honor the defenders of the Brest Fortress who held out for weeks after being encircled by Nazi German troops during the first days of the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that it had summoned the senior US diplomat in the country to discuss the matter Friday.

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